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Today's Site Outage!

I want to take this time to apologize on behalf of the Heromachine staff to the community for today’s extended outage. As soon as I discovered the site not working this morning I contacted Jeff about it and he went to work on it right away,  and has been hard at work  all day long working to get things back up and running smooth for us all! I want to ask you at this time to keep an eye on how things are running  for you and if you see any wonky behavior anywhere on Heromachine.com to either email me at Kaldath@gmail.com , or contact Jeff directly at afdstudios@gmail.com and let us know about it. Jeff is looking into options new to minimize future outages, however if another outage happens you can go out the Heromachine facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/HeroMachine/267161975232 ) to keep up to date on the sites status.

Creators Club Reminder

Hey guys, just a reminder that, if you haven’t already, you can still submit entries for this years creators club poster. I’ve had a few entries already, but I’d still like more.

You can find the entry requirements and other info here: http://www.heromachine.com/2014/01/08/creators-club-2014/

To everyone who has submitted stuff already, thanks. However, I am still waiting for text from one person (CantDraw, I’m looking at you here), so anyone who is thinking of submitting stuff, take this as a warning, if I don’t get text by the shut off date of Feb 5th, you won’t be in the poster, which would be a shame.

Anyway, that’s all I wanted to say, so JR out.

What should I do about backgrounds?

The current set of Backgrounds features two planets in the “Floor” set. The “Sky” set has a window, a wall, and a street corner. It makes no sense.

I’d like to rationalize these in some way and have them all make sense. But if I go mucking about and change the items, your saved characters will all of a sudden have something totally different in place when you load it, if you used one of the items (like the aforementioned floor planets).

Which would you rather, potentially having strange saved files, or having Background sets that make sense and were grouped sensibly?

META: Still tweaking

I just wanted to give you a heads-up that I’m still tweaking things on the backend trying to make the blog faster and more fully-featured. One of the main things is trying to get blog posts by me and the other authors (Kaldath, dblade, etc.) to automatically post to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. That’s the reason I’m putting up so many old images.

Speaking of which, here’s another one, also rejected (partially) by the client!

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META: Blog tweaks

I installed WordPress’ “JetPack” plugin today, which among other things will give you some additional “share” options and a way for you to “like” a variety of content around the site. I’m not sure how that’s going to play with the forums, so please let me know if you see any weirdness there. Or anywhere, really, because I’m all about the funkiness.

I’m also trying out their auto-publicize feature, which will put all posts on Facebook and Twitter. I’m hoping they come through with images intact, which HootSuite (the previous solution) did not do. We’ll see.

Thanks for your support over the years, folks! If you’re so inclined, I sure would appreciate your sharing the blog or the app(s) on your favored social media platform.

As your bonus for reading this far, here’s a character sketch I did for our old Champions campaign back in 1997. Lucky you!

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Creators Club 2014

Hey guys, JR here. I don’t know if you guys remember but last year and in 2011 (don’t know what happened to 2012) Hammerknight and Atomic Punk did Heromachine Creators Club posters, which you can check out here- http://www.heromachine.com/2011/06/02/2011-heromachine-creators-club-wanted-poster/ (2011) and here- http://www.heromachine.com/2013/05/02/creators-club-poster-2013/ (2013). Now, it would be nice if this became an annual thing, so I’m going to be doing it this year.

Now, the theme for this year is MiB (‘Machiners in Black). Now Marx has recently provided everyone with a fine selection of suits, so there can be no excuses for sloppy dressing. Just make a self portrait (either realistic or idealised, it doesn’t matter) of yourself in a black suit (sunglasses and other accessories optional) or a black dress if you’re female and don’t want to be wearing a suit. You don’t have to do anything fancy, basic forward facing pose without any zypping will do fine, but I must insist on no backgrounds. When you are finished email your entry to me as a PNG transparent file WITH A TEXT FILE (preferably as a word document, don’t paste the text into the email) so I can resize characters for consistency. Send your entries to me at jr19759@hotmail.co.uk. Please make sure you title the email something applicable like Creators Club or Machiners In Black, because if I get a (No Subject) email from an email address I don’t recognise, it’s going straight into my spam folder and you won’t get to be on the poster.

Only one entry per person and please try to limit the number of revisions you do, because it’s more than likely I’ll just use the first one you send me. Please name your file as [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you e-mail it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png. He would save the Text as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.txt.

I will be accepting submissions from today through to Feb 5th and I’ll reveal the final poster sometime in February. This event is open to everyone in the community, you don’t have to be especially prolific or be a power user or anything, just being a part of the heromachine community is enough.

And finally, remember this is not a contest, it’s just a bit of fun to showcase the community and its members, so have fun with it.

I’m about to reset your password!

As part of the effort to stop the hacking of the site, I’m about to reset everyone’s passwords. My apologies, but it looks like that might be where the problem is happening so this is one way to combat it.

Update: I just completed the reset. You should get your new auto-generated random password by email. If you don’t have it, check your spam folder, it might be in there. Or, you can go directly to http://www.heromachine.com/blog/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword to reset it manually with either your site username or registered email address.

My apologies for the irritation, believe me, I’m feeling it too.

Is anyone seeing "Cash Back" offers instead of HM3?

Someone on the HeroMachine Facebook page (like us if you haven’t already!) is reporting that when they go to HM3 in any browser, they’re seeing this instead:

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Is anyone else experiencing anything like that?

Survey: The Future (and Present) of HeroMachine

Hi folks, this is Ye Olde HeroMachine Creator Jeff, and I’d like to get your help. Now that the first rush of panic over losing my job has passed and HeroMachine seems to be well on its way to supporting us financially, the time has come to take stock of where we are and what we ought to be doing next. I’ve put together a survey to get some idea of who uses the site for what now, and what you want it to be in the future. If you’d take a few moments to answer these five short questions, I’d really appreciate it.

HM3 Save Dialog Bug Fix

Earlier today I changed a setting for how ads are displayed in HM3. In a word, it was broken before — ads weren’t clickable in most of the major browsers. So I changed the stacking order of the app and the ad and now the ads actually function. Hooray! Before they were just annoying without actually generating revenue but now they do both!

Unfortunately that introduced several problems, one of which was the cancel button on the Save dialog box was obscured by the ad. That’s been fixed now (you might have to clear your browser cache).

The other major problem is that the ads also show on the full-screen preview. I don’t know how to fix that but I’ll start working on it tomorrow.